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Aggression, Alcohol Drinking, Blood Alcohol Content, Female, Humans, Intimate Partner Violence, Male, Risk Factors, Sex Factors, Sex Offenses

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The current meta-analytic review examined the experimental literature to quantify the causal effect of acute alcohol consumption on self-reported and observed indicators of male-to-female general, sexual, and intimate partner aggression. Database and reference list searches yielded 22 studies conducted between 1981 and 2014 that met all criteria for inclusion and that were subjected to full text coding for analysis. Results detected a significant overall effect (d = .36), indicating that male participants who consumed alcohol evidenced greater aggressive behavior toward females while completing a subsequent laboratory aggression paradigm than male participants who received no alcohol. We found homogeneity across all categories of potential moderator variables. Results further indicated that alcohol resulted in comparable increases of male-to-female sexual (d = .32) and intimate partner (d = .45) aggression. Further research is required to draw meaningful conclusions about individual and situational factors that may interact with acute alcohol consumption to produce the highest levels of risk.

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Trauma, Violence and Abuse, v. 17, issue 5, p. 520-531

Crane, C. A., Godleski, S. A., Przybyla, S. M., Schlauch, R. C., & Testa, M., The Proximal Effects of Acute Alcohol Consumption on Male-to-Female Aggression: A Meta-Analytic Review of the Experimental Literature. Trauma, Violence & Abuse, 17(5), 520–531. © The Authors 2015. Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications.

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